Babylon and Hampton Bays stamped themselves as the teams to beat in Suffolk's Division IV with overwhelming victories last week.
Babylon crushed the combined North Fork team 38-0 Friday. If truth be told Mattituck/Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island, playing on the road, did a reasonably good job of keeping the Panthers potent offense in check. But the Panthers play hard on both sides of the ball.
Jake Carlock was responsible for the first two scores of the game, both coming on defense. His 26-yard interception return early in the first quarter opened the scoring, and a 41-yard punt return minutes later made it a 14-0 affair.
From that point on it was simply a matter of pounding the ball and pouncing on the Tuckers mishaps. Before the first stanza had mercifully
concluded, Babylon had a 38-0 lead and called off the dogs.
Alec Zamek also scored on an interception return, and grabbed a 10-yard TD pass from the quarterback Nick Santorelli to boot. Frank Sierra had 42 yards on 12 rushing attempts for Mattituck (1-2).
Babylon (3-0) travels to Mount Sinai Saturday for a 2 PM tiff; The North Forkers play at Mercy at 2 PM the same day.
Babylon the team to beat? The Hampton Bays Baymen beg to differ. They took apart Bayport/Blue Point Friday on their home field to run their record to 3-0. As was the case with Babylon, the locals used a strong defense and special teams play to pull away. Devin Havens recovered a fumble in the end zone for one score and Trey Kennedy had an 87-yard kickoff return; Cody Nolan also scored for the winners.
Kennedy led a punishing ground attack that accounted for 199 yards with 89 on 16 carries good for two touchdowns. Taylor Catz had 50 in only six attempts. Hampton Bays plays at Southampton at 9 AM Saturday.
In Division III action Westhampton traveled to Bellport Saturday and came home with a 34-14 victory. Credit Brian Corrigan, who rushed for 118 yards and scored twice, one a 67-yard scamper. Peter Broccoli also scored twice, once on the ground and on a three-yard pass from Jack Murphy. The Hurricanes (2-1) get Sayville at home Friday at 6:30 PM.